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Jury Finds Hells Angels Leader Guilty in Plots

October 29, 1988|Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal jury on Friday found the national leader of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club guilty of conspiracy to violate federal firearms and explosives laws in plots to kill members of a rival gang.

National leader Ralph (Sonny) Barger Jr. was one of 10 Hells Angels from Alaska and California accused of plotting attacks in Louisville and elsewhere against members of the Outlaws.

Barger and Michael Vincent O'Farrell, both of Oakland, were convicted in U.S. District Court on conspiracy to transport and receive in interstate commerce explosives with intent to kill and to damage buildings, said Duane Schwartz, chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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